If you want to be the kind of team that Thomas Vanek will want to continue playing for, then you need to plug up the holes. That means trading for a top-four shutdown defenseman.
Going into this week, the New York Islanders were already facing a substantial amount of adversity. That, however, would pale in comparison to what they’d have to deal with from that point on.
The Islanders have struggled a bit defensively in the early going and an injury to Lubomir Visnovsky has not made things any easier. They hope by adding veteran Radek Martinek they will begin to patch up some holes in their own end.
For the Isles, it’s all about the next move — and I don’t mean the one to Brooklyn, though that will help, too.
Casey Cizikas broke a third-period tie, and the New York Islanders held on to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead in the final frame Saturday night.
Steve Bernier scored two big goals late in the third period as the Devils beat the Isles 3-0.
Radek Martinek and P.A. Parenteau both had a goal and assist during the Islanders’ four-goal second period, and New York put the area-rival Rangers back into postseason peril with a 6-2 victory Thursday night.
If you are not yet convinced the hockey gods hate the Islanders, the last few days should’ve given you a refresher course.